Dimensions Programme

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The conference symbol is drawn from a vision shared by Ezekiel and the Apostle John of the river of life and the trees drawing water from it supplying leaves for the healing of the nations. The river of life gives rise to resources from the trees which is varied in its width and breadth and is unfailing and abundant in its capacity to generate healing that sustain the nations. This surely is a picture of an ultimate eternal and rich resource flowing from the Person of Christ that translates through God’s agencies into the transformation of societies, communities and nations.

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT IN OUR NATION AND CHURCH

In all the affairs of our nation the issue of resources is uppermost. In our national fiscus, in our education, health, roads and transportation and employment we are needing new approaches and lasting solutions to develop sound monetary bases and better policy for resource development and their better use in governance.

Our church too needs a parallel reassessment and process to look at the need to build and extend the means and method of achieving our purpose of fostering the vision of a Christ Healed Nation.
A PROJECT OF THE SETH MOKITIMI METHODIST SEMINARY
Toward this end the Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary is arranging a National conference at its facilities in Pietermaritzburg from December 2-5th.

PROGRAMME CONTENT

The Programme for the Resources Conference has several elements. There are four sections to the Conference programme that appears below. These are RESOURCES, CHURCH, MISSION and CONTINUATION. The value of this division is that we can readily stream conference delegates into four kinds of groupings for ongoing specialisation and application. The purpose of the conference is not the usual paradigm of providing information for digestion. A strong stress is on gathering persons who are already knowledgeable and engaged rather than a focus on introducing persons to content for the first time.

There is a strong accent on impetus and growth issuing from the conference into ongoing working groups, study groups, mobilising collectives in our ecclesial structures but also into associations and organisations that might rise independently among our committed laity. It is hoped that many knock-on gatherings and sodalities will rise to bring new direction, expertise and knowledge that will empower our congregations and foster mission.

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Tues

TODAY’S THEME: “RESOURCES”

This section relates to theory around the question of resources. This lays the platform for the conference and clarifies the understanding of the subject matter.

9:00-10:15 am:   ARRIVALS AND REGISTRATION
10:15-10:45 am:
  Tea

OPENING CEREMONY

11:00 am: Called to Worship for a Christ Healed Nation. The Challenge for the Methodist Church. Presiding Bishop Ziphozihle D Siwa

12:00 pm: Song and Prayer
12:15 pm: Briefing on Continuation theme geography, services and housekeeping.
1:00-2:00 pm: LUNCH
4:00-4:30 pm: TEA

PLENARY TOPICS FOR TODAY (TUESDAY 2nd DECEMBER)

2:00 pm: “Resources for today and tomorrow. Critical and practical reflection on the problem.” Dr Mvume Dandala

4:00 pm: “The Scope and Potential for Resourcing by the Church in Africa”. Dr Bright Mawudor

DISCUSSION AND CONTINUATION OPTIONS FROM TODAYS INPUTS

12.00 – 12:45 pm
3:00- 4:00 pm
5:00-5:30 pm

5:30-6:30 pm: LIGHT RELIEF  A Local Quartet renders an A Capella rendition selection on “Old Time Religion”.

6:30: SUPPER

SEMINAR AND WORKSHOP TOPICS FOR TODAY (TUESDAY 2ND DECEMBER) 7:10-8:40

  • Methodologies for raising resources. Rev Brian Smith
  • The Wesleyan approach to funding in our present context. Bishop T Mntambo
  • Investment strategies and Methodologies for raising resources. Dr Arthur Shoo
  • How should we share resources?  Rev A Storey
  • Structural Restraints on resource sharing. Rev S Jones
  • Ideas and precedents of financial development for the church in crops and animal husbandry.  Sandy Dickie
  • A highly productive model of effective fundraising through Rona (1). Rev A Mbete
  • A highly productive model of effective fundraising through Rona (2). Rev SJ Motlhodi
  • “Developing the Church’s lay and human resources for Church and Mission through voluntarism”. Dr V Mehane

WednesTODAY’S THEME: “CHURCH”

The key thoughts are:  How we can fund our ministers and how we can provide manses to house them and building to accommodate congregations and the administration of the local societies and District administration.

BIBLE STUDY AND WORSHIP

7:00-7:45 am: Dr Eraste Nyirimana (Head of Biblical Studies & Languages and Systematic Theology at SMMS.

10:10:30 am: TEA
1:00-1:45 pm:  LUNCH
3:30-4:00 pm: TEA
1:45-2:45 pm: RELAX TIME
5:30-6:30 pm: LIGHT RELIEF AND CLOWNING
6:30-7:15 pm: SUPPER

PLENARY TOPICS FOR TODAY: WEDNESDAY 3RD DECEMBER

8:30-9-30 am: ” Societal and demographic change and its effect on the development and distribution of resources and their availability”. Mr Moeletsi G Mbeki

10:30-11:30 am: “The Ethics of Good Stewardship as this relates to Public Responsibility.”  Mr Terence Nombembe

2:45-3:45 pm: Social and formal Banking models and their capacities to create wealth and project development and economic empowerment”. Mr Sibongiseni Ngundze

DISCUSSION AND CONTINUATION OPTIONS FROM TODAYS INPUTS

9:30-10.00 am
1130-12:45 pm
4:45-5:30 pm

WORKSHOPS OR SEMINAR INPUT TOPICS (WEDNESDAY EVENING 3rd DECEMBER 7:15 – 8:30)

  • Resources and Church Extension Church planting in Ivory Park. Dr Simangalisa Kumalo
  • The Economic Empowerment of the minister. A discussion led by Dr Bright Mawudor
  • Building Churches and manses through part time and full time teams. Dr Arthur Shoo
  • IUM perspectives on urban resource development in African cities with reference also to housing companies and commercial enterprise. Dr S Kloppers
  • The Connexional asset portfolio and its options for investment and resource capitalisation toward vital ministry empowerment. Rev S Jones
  • Renewing and Revitalising our models of ministry. Rev AA Bester (?)
  • Introducing the “Fresh Expressions” paradigm of doing Church. Dr P Grassow
  • “The Missional Church Paradigm”.  Dr Bill Houston (?)
  • Developing Leaders toward the goal of a Christ Healed Africa.  Dr Mvume Dandala

 

ThursTODAY’S THEME: “MISSION”

All of the material below throws light on the task of mission and its capacity to generate and develop resources. Mission is everything that the church has been sent into the world to do. There is a close symbiosis between the two especially at the level of the local church with each benefitting the other.

BIBLE STUDY & WORSHIP

7:00-7:45 am: Dr Eraste Nyirimana (Head of Biblical Studies & Languages and Systematic Theology at SMMS.

10:00-10:30 am: TEA
1:00-1:45 pm: LUNCH

PLENARIES THURSDAY 4th DECEMBER

8:30am-9:30 am “Analysis of Initial Methodist Missionary practice and its relevance for today and tomorrow”. Dr Peter Grassow

10:30 am-11:30 am “The Church as an agent for Economic and Social Development”.  Dr Rowanne Marie

7:15-8:30 pm:  A Spirituality of Resource Development and Management. Dr Roderick Hewitt

DISCUSSION AND CONTINUATION OPTIONS FROM INPUTS

9:30-10.00 am
11:30-12:45 pm
5:00-5:30 pm

THE MISSIONARY MODELS EXHIBITION (4th THURSDAY DECEMBER 1:45 – 4:00)

Processed with MoldivConference delegates from churches, congregations or organisations are welcome to showcase their outreach ministries without charge. This might also include mission organisations in Pietermaritzburg connected to the Methodist Church who do not have delegates attending. Anyone engaged in missionary outreach anywhere is free to apply for a stand. About 100 exhibition stands will be available. These might consist of a table and a chair and wall space.

This will take the form of an exhibition or publicising event in which persons with examples or models of resourcing ministry for mission would display or exhibit their projects and market them or recruit support for them. Conference delegates would have first choice in booking a stand but persons from organisations anywhere can share their examples.

Make application to Mrs Liz du Preez at the conference office. Her email is piestand@gmail.com.

PANEL DISCUSSIONS & SEMINARS (THURSDAY 4TH DECEMBER. 4:00 – 5:30 pm)

  • Programmes and Resource development for the caring of Children. Vicky Sikhakane
  • Programmes and Resource development for Education. Private and church based community schools. Dr Samson Makhado
  • Economic Empowerment and Development in Rural Contexts 1. Mrs Phumzile Dandala
  • Economic Empowerment and Development in Rural Contexts 2. Dr John Allwood
  • Developing Financial resources through music and song. The Connexional Music Association
  • The church as a participant in economic empowerment, enterprise and profit making. Dr Sakkie Kloppers
  • The role and potentials of Orders and structures of outreach in our church with special reference to the laity and the youth. Dr John Tooke (?)
  • Reconciliation then and now: A core social and relational resource for South Africa. Mrs A Bosch (wife of renowned Missiologist Prof David Bosch)
  • The Asset Management approach to social and economic empowerment.
    Ms Janine Ward

LIGHT RELIEF 5:30 – 6.30 pm The Durban Marimba Band

PLENARY 7:15-8:30 pm

FriTODAYS THEME: CONTINUATION

The final purpose of the conference is to ensure that the content, enquiry, interaction, discussion and planning are all consummated in processes and commitment of individual and joint initiative.

BIBLE STUDY & WORSHIP

7:00-7:45 am: Dr Eraste Nyirimana
7:45-8:30 am: BREAKFAST
10:00-10:30 am: TEA
12:15-1:00pm: LUNCH

PLENARIES (FRIDAY 5th DECEMBER)

8:30- 9:15 am.” Resource Development for Mission learning from the early African Context”.  Prof Simangaliso Kumalo

10:30-11:15 am “The Current Methodist Missionary thrust and its Resourcing”.  Dr KK Ketshabile

DISCUSSION AND CONTINUATION OPTIONS
9:15-10:00 am:
11:15-12:00 pm:
12:45-1:30 pm: Interest groups and plans
1:30- 2:00 pm: Signing the Pledge (The formation and editing of the pledge will take place during the conference.

1:30-2:00 pm Signing the pledge

This will seek to create a practical and structural organisational response to the Resourcing of Church and Mission Conference. It is envisaged that a continuation impetus will be established during the conference formed wherever sufficient representivity may occur. The process will be consummated with the signing of a pledge.

CLOSING SERVICE AND COMMUNION  2:00 – 3:00 pm

The Renewal of our church and mission, its risks, challenges and imperatives. Rev Vuyani Nyobole

REGISTRATION

In order to participate in the Conference it is necessary that you submit an application form.  This is somewhat detailed but its purpose is to help in the selection of delegates but most importantly to facilitate the ongoing continuation process after the conference. Conference forms are available on the web and may be filled out and sent by web mail. To get to this – go to the Conference Web Page at http://www.smmsconferencing.co.za and click on the “Developing Resources for Church and Mission” tab at the top of the opening page. There will be links to the registration form.

E-Mail: Contact the Conference registrar by e-mail and apply for a form to be sent to you by e-mail by the conference registrar Mrs Liz du Preez piestand@gmail.com. Conference Co-ordinator is Dr JV Tooke at johnt37@smmsconferencing.co.za or registration@smmsconferencing.co.za.

INFORMATION REQUIRED

There will be a process of selection to enable us to get appropriate balances between church and mission, lay and clergy. Institution and movement. We hope to have the competency of lay persons in Resource Development, management and accountability.

We hope that there will be a good representation from our Church departments but also from those who might be in Methodist Education in schools and from many who are engaged in a variety of mission and outreach related work for Christ. We will be sending a pdf and word copy of the registration form to all Bishops and superintendents.

This will gather as much information about where applicants live, how they would like to be contacted and e-mail and cell nos. Your age and dietary needs and your health. Participants will have church connections and roles. Many lay people might be in orders or associations or be engaged in missionary groups or team for outreach, care and help or in crèches and primary schools.

The knowledge and acumen of persons with skill in the secular world is of extremely crucial for understanding the topic and finding methods and means.

Conference participants may be able to enrich the conference with ideas, their skills with a musical instruments, their willingness to chair meetings and direct discussion.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION ON COSTS AND PAYMENTS

Details of costs and payments can be found on the registration form. There is an early bird reduction of conference charges of R200 for those who apply before the middle of October. The conference fee of R2100 includes accommodation, meals and teas, the provision of the programme and the organisation of ancillary events. Discounts will be given against own accommodation. Costs of accommodation at University of Kwazulu Natal is currently R240 per day. Persons finding their own accommodation will have a discount of R240 per night.

ADDRESS
SMMS CONFERENCING PROJECT
Private Bag X6
Cascades   3202
South Africa
Telephone. (033) 8468600
Fax. (033) 84686201

BANKING DETAILS
SETH MOKITIMI METHODIST SEMINARY
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Account. No. 62216384876
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